Mindfulness in Italy
Umbria, Italy | October 2019
Final dates to be announced soon
Mindfulness in Italy is a one-week mindfulness retreat facilitated by yoga teachers, Shehla Khan and Allison Rietta. The retreat will be held at Eremito Hotelito del Alma, nestled in the hills of Umbria, Italy. This upscale hotel is a converted 15th century monestary, featuring original walls and arched ceilings. The minimalist rooms all come with ensuite bathrooms and countryside views. There is a stone-walled vegetarian restaurant with fireplace. Other amenities include a spa with an indoor pool, yoga and meditation room.
During this very special retreat, Shehla and Allison will help uncover your true self through mindful movement of body (yoga asana-s), breath (pranayama) and mind (meditation). When you practice yoga, breathing or meditation with attention and awareness, there is a certain quality that comes to heart, opening your relationship with your true self. Practicing mindfulness within a loving community is very important. It helps your practice becomes more joyful and your journey within more compassionate.
Inviting movement and mindfulness to our bodies, using the breath to help keep us in the present moment. In all of our yoga practices, we will experience how conscious and focused breathing helps open the body and calm the mind as you move fluidly from one posture to the next.
Simple actions of breathing connects us to our life force; our prana. We will be practicing different conscious breathing practices (pranayama techniques) during our retreat to help still our mind, allowing space in our heart for our truest intention to flourish.
Turning your attention within. Sitting meditation is like returning home to give full attention to and care for our self. We will be practicing guided and silent sitting meditations. If sitting is difficult, we will offer alternative ways (chair, lying down).
Silence. The essence of stillness.
During the retreat, we will have moments of silence. When you practice mindfulness in silence, a deep listening to the heart happens. The healing quality of silence allows us to feel oneself deeply from our core of being. All dinners will be taken in Silence. We begin each dinner, honouring Thich Nhat Hanh’s Five Contemplations. The practice of reciting these contemplations before eating is a way to foster mindful eating and helps promote inner peace through food.
Your Retreat Guides
Allison Rietta is a Yoga Teacher who received her extensive yoga training at Yoga Therapy Toronto, a program is rooted in the holistic tradition of Yoga and Ayurveda, and is based on the lineage of T. Krishnamacharya and his son T.K.V. Desikachar, along with an integration of western Psychology and Therapy. She teaches classic Hatha Yoga, pranayama, meditation, mindfulness and Yoga Nidra.
Shehla Khan is a Yoga Teacher and certified Yoga Therapist. Heavily rooted in the tradition of Krishnamacharya and T.K.V. Desikachar, she draws on different styles of Yoga while incorporating other techniques that promote healing and balance. Shehla is a faculty member of the Classical Yoga Teacher Certificate program at George Brown College as well as a valued guest teacher at some of Toronto’s most prominent yoga training studios.
This is the cost for the retreat only (yoga). Accommodations, airfare and ground transfers are all separate. Spa services are available at an extra cost.
The retreat costs includes the following: daily Hatha Yoga classes, daily Restorative / Yin Yoga classes with Yoga Nidra, daily walks /hikes, Full moon bonfire, Sound bath, Dharma talks, Ayurveda lesson, day trip to La Scarzuola (includes bus, lunch and guided tour).
Typical Daily Schedule
- 8:00 am Hatha Yoga
- 9:00 am Breakfast
- Return to room, and free time
- 1:00 pm Lunch
- 2:00 pm Silent Mindful Walk / Hike (Optional)
- Return to room to shower, and free time
- 5:30 pm Dharma Talk / Ayurveda Learning
- 7:00 pm Dinner
- 8:00 pm Restorative Yoga + Yoga Nidra
- Return to room and bedtime
* schedule is subject to change
Day Trip to La Scarzuola
We will be visiting La Scarzuola in Montegabbione (TR), Italy. Located 45-min. away, La Scarzuola is a 16th-century monestary that has been turned into surrealist architecture compound, designed by Tomaso Buzzi. His work spans the body of surrealism from Dali and Miro to M.C. Escher, echoing their dark works in this immense site. Our excursion will include a guided tour of La Scarzuola, and lunch at a nearby “agriturismo”.
Prices for 6 nights per person. Includes transfer from the parking area, breakfast, lunch and dinner, herbal teas and non-alcoholic beverages, local red wine at dinner, the use of various spaces, including the spa and indoor pool.
Single rooms: € 170
Double rooms: € 130
* Please note: Single participants have no claim to the price of a multiple occupancy room. In such cases, the price of a single room is valid.
Check-out: After lunch
All dinners at the hotel are taken in Silence.
All meals are vegetarian.
The hotel offers horseback riding, walks in the woods along the Chiani River, and a hands-on vegetable garden.
Spa services are available at an extra charge.
Parking: If arriving by car, parking is available at the river meeting point. From there, staff will pick you up in a 4x4 and drive you the rest of the way up the steep hills to the hotel.
Rome Fiumicino or Ciampino (Approx. 2 hours)
Florence (Approx. 2 hours)
Perugia (Approx. 1 ½ hours)
Nearest Train Station is Fabro-Ficulle
Train from Rome (Termini) to Fabro-Ficulle: Approx. 1 hour 45 min.
Train from Florence (S. M. Novella) to Fabro-Ficulle: Approx. 2 hours 15 min.
Coming from Highway A1 (Autostrada del Sole) Naples-Milan… exit Fabro.
After toll booth, turn left in direction of Fabro Scalo.
After 2 km at the roundabout, continue to follow the signs to Parrano for about 5km. On your left you will see a brown wooden sign that says “Tane del diavolo”. Continue past this sign, following the main road. After about 20 meters there is another sign that says “La Casella”. Take the unpaved road on the right following the sign “La Casella” and continue for 5.5 km. This road runs along a river and then you will reach out “Meeting Point”. The hotel jeep will pick you up from there.
*Remember to advise the hotel of your arrival ½ hour before. Call +39 0763 891010 or mobile +39 392 6439974 in order for hotel staff to pick you up at the “Meeting Point”.
Guest Pick up from the Train Station Fabro-Ficulle:
There is a € 30 fee for transfer to/rom the train station.
This is not included in the retreat price, and to be paid to the hotel directly.
Terms & Conditions
All bookings are final with no refund. In case of illness or force majeure we will do our best to find a solution/have another participant take the space. It is possible to give your space to a friend, just inform us at least 1 week before the retreat takes place via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please ensure that your passport is valid.
We recommend that you purchase a Travel Insurance.
We can help with further info about airport transfers.
Make sure that you are aware of immigration/visa laws in Italy.
The organizers are not liable for any illness, delay or cost resulting from your failure to meet these requirements.
Consent & Release
By registering for this program you voluntarily understand and accept the following terms and conditions as set out below: I am aware that participating in the retreat requires a certain level of fitness and general physical health. I acknowledge and voluntarily assume my responsibility to assess my level of fitness and the risks of injury that are associated with physical activity of any kind including any variety of yoga. I confirm that I shall retain all control over my activities at all times. I voluntarily assume full liability and accept the risk of harm, including physical injury and discomfort as a result of my participation in the activities in this program. I will inform the teachers and/or assistants of any limitations or medical conditions that may affect my practice.
I, or anyone who could claim in my name or on my behalf, my heirs and legal representatives, do hereby voluntarily waive, release and forever discharge the organizers, from any and all liabilities for injuries, damages or death resulting from my participation in the activities during the course of this program as outlined in the program schedule or any activities outside of the program and resort facility, and hold them harmless from all claims which may be brought against them for any such injuries or claims as aforesaid and all costs and expenses incidental thereto.
I agree that organizers reserve the right to accept or kindly decline the application of a participant at any time, to make changes in the itinerary whenever reputed necessary for the comfort, convenience, and safety to all participants. In the case that the event is cancelled or postponed organizers shall have no responsibility beyond the refund of money or expenses paid by the participant if the event cannot be re-scheduled.
I agree that organizers shall not be liable for any cost or expenses for any delay, change in schedule including "“ but not limited to "“ delays, missed flights, failure to comply with visa or health requirements of the city, re-scheduling, and/ or cancellations or overbooking of flights, loss, damage, or injury to property or persons including death, or expenses occasioned by any act of omission by any supplier providing services to any program participant.
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